So, if you already feel yourself mounting a reaction to the title, this post isn’t for you. Like anything you’re good at, you can’t imagine that other people can’t “become” good at it too… if they only had a better attitude, different curriculum, a better teacher, etc. STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are all the rage – most universities have watched their STEM-majors **double** in the past few years, so there is a ton of emphasis on not only high school math, but college-level math in high school. Sure, with 10,000 hours it’s possible to become an expert in *anything*. This is not that.

# Category: Math

## Math Sequence Chart

This simple chart demonstrates when your math sequence can generate college credit alongside high school credit.

Continue reading “Math Sequence Chart”## Book Recommendation: DSST Math for the Liberal Arts

Non-mathy students who have struggled to get through Algebra 1 can still earn high school and college credit in math! This book, answers, and (with YouTube videos) recommendation comes from our HS4CC Moderator Jenny Bergren. This book lines up well with the DSST Math for the Liberal Arts exam and can be used for a full 1-year high school math course. Everything in this post comes to about $10.

Continue reading “Book Recommendation: DSST Math for the Liberal Arts”## Math before College Algebra?

While ** College Algebra** tends to be the “starter” math for dual enrollment, College Algebra requires (at a minimum) your student finish high school algebra 2 first. What if your teen is ready for college credit by not finished with Algebra 2? There are options!

## Good to Know: CLEP Calculator Policy

You can’t bring your own calculator. Here’s what you need to know about the 6 exams that use an integrated calculator and an on-screen practice tool.

Continue reading “Good to Know: CLEP Calculator Policy”## How to Sign Up for ASU’s Earned Admissions Courses

Arizona State University’s Earned Admissions program offers a unique low-risk high-reward opportunity for students to take college level courses at a reasonable price. The cost is $25 to sign up for each course, and $400 paid at the END of the course, but only if you like the grade! If you don’t pay, there is NO record of the course – and students can retake courses as many times as necessary to pass. We know of no other source of regionally accredited (the gold standard) credit offering this amazing option. Their hassle free registration requires no transcripts, and no placement tests, too!

## How to Sign Up

**ASURITE Account**

**NEW Students**who are still in high school (or lower), who do NOT have an ASURITE ID should go to ea.asu.edu/partners/hs4cc and sign up for an ASURITE ID. Adults can use the ea.asu.edu main portal to sign up. This step can take 2-3 days.

**2. FERPA**

(Step added 10/2/20) Once you receive your ASURITE ID and can login, you’ll need to fill out the FERPA agreement to allow parents or guardians to speak with ASU staff about the student’s account. Please login to myASU (far top right corner) and add the Parent/Guardian to the account by clicking on the “Add a Guest” and fill out the information. This is probably the ONLY time you’ll log into the myASU portal. The rest of the time you’ll use the Login link on the EA page (black bar). Obviously, adult students would skip this step.

**3. Register for a course**

- Make sure you are in the EA portal ea.asu.edu (adults) or hs4cc.ea.asu.edu (high school students) and NOT in the myASU portal – the course are different from the main portal and charged at full ASU tuition! Log out if you need to or just put ea.asu.edu into your URL window. Use the BLACK Login button about 1/3 of the way down to login. DO NOT USE the tiny menu in the far upper right – that’s what takes you to the ASU Main (non-Universal Learner “myASU portal”).
- When you log in to your ASU account using the Login button on the black bar in the ea.asu.edu (adults) or hs4cc.ea.asu.edu (HS4CC) portal, you will be presented with the Dashboard.
- Click the “Add Courses” link either on the black bar at the top, or from the blue bar titled “My Current Courses”
- Scroll through the list of courses and select the Add Course button.
- Notice that some courses have both a self-paced option and an Instructor Paced option. Be sure to select the correct course.

**4. Upgrade the Course**

- Click on Upgrade Course to upgrade the class for potential college credit. The normal fee for this is $25. A photo ID is required in this step, as well as a camera on your computer or device you are using.
- All ASU courses require a photo ID to upgrade for credit. That can be a government issued ID, a school ID, Military or DoD or dependent ID, passport/passport ID, notarized College Board form with photo (used for AP/CLEP testing by underaged kids), and some have successfully used homeschool or co-op ID’s. If using a homeschool ID, ideally it would have their name, DOB, and Photo – must have a photo. If you have concerns, please email earned@asu.edu or call them! You will use this ID when you upgrade the course for credit at the beginning of the course, and again for any proctored exams (some have proctored finals).

# FAQ

**Q: How long should it take to get an ASURITE ID? **

A: It usually takes up to 2-3 days to get an ID and get into the system

**Q: I have a problem and I’d like to call ASU… who can I call?**https://ea.asu.edu/about/contact-us

or earned@asu.edu (their main email for the program)

We recommend NOT calling the main phone line for ASU. Not everyone manning the main campus phone lines understand the EA program.

**Q: Do I sign up for the courses in the portal or do they sign us up?**

A: You sign up for courses yourself. Login and select courses using the Add Courses on the Dashboard.

**Q: Do I need a photo ID?**

A: Yes, all ASU courses require a photo ID. That can be a government issued ID, a school ID, Military or DoD or dependent ID, passport/passport ID, notarized College Board form with photo (used for AP/CLEP testing by underaged kids), and some have successfully used homeschool or co-op ID’s. If using a homeschool ID, ideally it would have their name, DOB, and Photo – must have a photo. If concerned, you could potentially combine one of these with a SS card or birth certificate. If you have concerns, please email or call them! You will use this ID when you upgrade the course for credit at the beginning of the course, and again for any proctored exams (some have proctored finals).

**Q: Do these courses transfer to other colleges and are they accredited?**

A: Yes, they are accredited. ASU is a well known and well respected 4-year college.

As with EVERY class or exam, we always recommend you check with the colleges of interest to see how they transfer. I’ve personally verified classes like ENG101/102, College Algebra, etc transfer into our local (Texas) colleges exactly as they’d sound. You’d ask for the contact info for the Transcript or Transfer specialist (or some similar job title), to find out if they transfer. Some colleges may have a transfer pathway already setup as well.

If you’re interested in transferring FROM your current program TO ASU for a 4 year degree, they have a Transfer Pathway page to help students plan their degree efficiently.

**Q: I tried to login but I get an error saying my ID doesn’t exist**

A: Be sure you are using the “Log in” link on the black bar on the ea.asu.edu or hs4cc.ea.asu.edu pages, rather than the “sign in” link in the top far right corner. This is a known issue that has nothing to do with the portal change or the beta program. We tested it with adult ASURITE ID’s that had not changed portals and weren’t in the beta program and the same thing happened to them. It predates this change. Use the correct login link and you should land at the Dashboard as you normally would.

If you have a brand new ASURITE ID, it sometimes takes another 24hrs to log in once you receive it. If you still can’t login 24hrs after receipt of the ID, I would contact them. earned@asu.edu

## Why we Love the ASU EA and HS Programs

- ASU’s Earned Admissions (EA) and High School (HS) programs provide low-cost, high-reward courses at a reasonable price of $400/course, paid at the end if you like the grade. Plus a $25 ID Fee normally paid upfront, but they’re waived for the Beta program for those who tell them they are with HS4CC.
- There are no other fees.
- Books, as always, are included free online.
- Labs are either virtual or use common materials found at home.
- As with all Earned Admissions courses,
**you only pay at the end if you like the grade**and would like it on a transcript. - No placement test like TSI / ACCUPLACER, just sign up for a course and take it
- No paperwork to turn in, or transcripts to send. Signing up for an ASURITE ID with the college is quick and easy. Once you have an ID, you can log in and sign up for classes. (this is often a 2-3 day process)
- Open to any age – no restrictions. If the child can handle the work, they can take the course.
- Course Prerequisites are a suggestion, not a restriction. If the student is able to do the higher-level work, he or she can take the course.
- I love the self-paced courses, in particular, because they enable us to weave an extra course or two into my kids’ community college schedule without impacting the grades. We can adjust and spend more or less time on the self-paced classes, based on the demands of the less flexible community college courses. We can also squeeze an extra college class into a semester or between semesters without jeopardizing grades in any of the courses.
- See ASU list of courses here

## One more thing!

Be sure to join our ASU Homeschooling for College Credit Facebook group! You’ll learn how to get the most out of the program with us!

## Math in Your Homeschool: CLEP

At some point in your teen’s math sequence, you’ll cross over into math topics that are also part of a typical college math sequence. This transition begins just after Algebra 1, and if parents are aware of this shift, it can result in significant amounts of college credit! Continue reading “Math in Your Homeschool: CLEP”

## DSST Math for the Liberal Arts vs. CLEP College Mathematics

What is the difference between the DSST Math for the Liberal Arts and CLEP College Mathematics exam?

~a question asked by MANY homeschool moms

## Exam Information

Continue reading “DSST Math for the Liberal Arts vs. CLEP College Mathematics”

## Math Success 4 Math Averse

So, if you already feel yourself mounting a reaction to the title, this post isn’t for you. Like anything you’re good at, you can’t imagine that other people can’t “become” good at it too… if they only had a better attitude, different curriculum, a better teacher, etc. STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) are all the rage – most universities have watched their STEM-majors **double** in the past few years, so there is a ton of emphasis on not only high school math, but college-level math in high school. Sure, with 10,000 hours it’s possible to become an expert in *anything*. This is not that. Continue reading “Math Success 4 Math Averse”

## Math in Your Homeschool: CLEP

At some point in your teen’s math sequence, you’ll cross over into math topics that are also part of a typical college math sequence. This transition begins just after Algebra 1, and if parents are aware of this shift, it can result in significant amounts of college credit! Continue reading “Math in Your Homeschool: CLEP”

## DSST Math for the Liberal Arts vs. CLEP College Mathematics

What is the difference between the DSST Math for the Liberal Arts and CLEP College Mathematics exam?

~a question asked by MANY homeschool moms

## Exam Information

Continue reading “DSST Math for the Liberal Arts vs. CLEP College Mathematics”

## Resource for DSST Math for the Liberal Arts

A very common question that parents ask is, “What should we use to study for the CLEP or DSST test?” A great way to find resources is to go directly to the source – the CLEP and DSST websites. That is exactly what I did to find the following resource for the DSST Math for the Liberal Arts test. This is a new test that came out January 2017 so there are no “tried and true” resources recommended by others. In fact, I couldn’t find any recommendations which propelled a search of my own.

A search of the DSST website led me to their Exam Facts Sheets. One of the resources listed on the DSST Math for the Liberal Arts Exam Sheet is *Thinking Mathematically, Sixth Edition*. The sixth edition (2014) of this book costs over $200 on Amazon. However, the fifth edition (2011) costs less than $10.

OLDER TEXTBOOK EDITIONS

You do not need the most current edition of textbooks. Older editions have much of the same content with generally only minor updates. You will also find more free resources available on the internet with older editions. Search for lectures on YouTube using the textbook title.

**Thinking Mathematically, Fifth Edition**

**Thinking Mathematically, Fifth Edition**

## Robert Blitzer

ISBN 978-0-321-64585-2

**How the Book is Organized**

Each chapter is divided into several sections. Each section contains ** Examples** (problems with solutions) and

**(problems for the student to work out). Answers to all**

*Checkpoints**are found in the back of the book. Additionally, there is an inexpensive DVD-Rom available with videos showing the solutions (more on that later).*

**Checkpoints**At the end of each section is an ** Exercise Set** that contains the following:

- Practice Exercises
- Practice Plus (additional practice)
- Application Exercises (word problems)
- Writing in Mathematics (essay questions)
- Critical Thinking Exercises
- Technology Exercises (not in every chapter, using a calculator, etc)
- Group Exercises

The answers for all of the odd problems in the * Exercise Set* are located in the back of the book.

At the end of each chapter is a ** Chapter Summary, Review, and Test**. Answers to all review questions are in the back of the book. Answers and step-by-step solutions for the tests are found on the Blitzer ThinkingMathematically youtube channel.

**Helpful Resources in the Book**

Answers abound! A cheap, used math textbook is of no value without the answers, but in this situation, answers and solutions are readily available.

- Answers for
, odd-numbered problems from the*Checkpoints*, and*Exercise Set*are located in the back of the book.*Review Questions* - ThinkingMathematically youtube channel has answers and step-by-step solutions to the
. See the example below.*Chapter Tests*

- An inexpensive (around $6) DVD-Rom (ISBN 978-0-321-64640-8) is available that features a set of complete lectures covering every
and answers and step-by-step solutions to the*Checkpoint*.*Chapter Tests***WARNING**: This is an older DVD (2011) and is intended for use on Windows XP or Vista or Mac OS 10.4. Using Windows 10, I wasable to access the__only__videos. I copied the ones that worked into a file on my computer for easy access because the DVD menu didn’t work. Even though I was not able to access everything on the DVD, there were still 822*Checkpoint*videos which will be very helpful!**Checkpoint**

**Correlation Btw DSST and Thinking Mathematically**

Completing a college textbook might seem daunting to your high schooler. But do they need to finish the whole textbook? No! As you can see from the chart below, 4 out of the 15 chapters do not cover content in the DSST exam. You would not need to work through them. In addition, chapters 6-12 cover 75% of the exam’s content so you would want to spend the bulk of your time in those seven chapters.

DSST Math for the Liberal Arts |
Thinking Mathematically chapters |

1. Real Number Systems 11%* | 4, 5 |

2. Sets and Logic 16% | 2, 3 |

3. Metric system, conversions, and geometry 12% | 9, 10 |

4. Algebra, graphs, and functions 11% | 6, 7 |

5. Linear Systems and Inequalities 8% | 7 |

6. Exponents and Logarithms including Financial Literacy 22% | 8 |

7. Counting, Probability Theory, and Statistics 20% | 11, 12 |

* Percentages indicate the approximate amount of the exam devoted to this content area.
The following chapters have content not tested on the DSST: 1 Problem Solving and Critical Thinking 13 Mathematical Systems 14 Voting and Apportionment 15 Graph Theory |

The total that I paid for the book and DVD was $18.23! When you consider the teaching resources available – answers in the textbook, YouTube videos, and DVD-Rom – this could be a very inexpensive, self-teaching resource for the DSST Math for the Liberal Arts test.